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Garonga Safari Camp
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Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

My friend and I stayed at the Garonga Lodge and I cannot say enough good things about it. The tents were big and clean, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the game drivers/trackers were excellent at what they do. I would recommend this place to anyone. In 5 game drives, we saw all of the Big Five and more! (The bush is very dry at this time of year, but we still had a great time and saw all of the animals.)

Stayed: October 2016, travelled with friends
Thank Liz C
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thanks indeed Liz for your positive review. The Game Viewing is certainly awesome now and chuffed the Guides managed to show you what you wanted or expected to see. Luckily we have just had our first rains which should improve the Bushveld and provide much needed sucour to the Animals.
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Bernie

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Reviewed 3 November 2016

We stayed here for our honeymoon in September, everything was such an incredible experience. The 'tents' are clean, spacious and luxurious along with the view. All of the staff are incredibly friendly and happy to assist with any need. The food was amazing, a different set up each night, steak & chips was awesome! We done the bed in the bush & the bush bath, both are worth doing for the experience, incredible. The game drives were amazing, we had Loderick & Antony (bush Cowboys!!!) they made the drives interesting & fun & we got as close as you could be. We went in September and it is worth taking trousers & a jumper as it's quite cold first thing and into the evening. Rina & Bernie were so welcoming and interested in what we had seen & that we had everything we needed. The bar was amazing, catering for every taste. Definitely recommend a massage, no music needed, you just listen to the wild outdoors. We saw all of the animals across 4 days on the drives, but most of them wandered through the camp at some point also! We could not have had a more perfect start to our honeymoon and we are still talking about our safari experience now! Cannot recommend Garonga highly enough. Thank you to everyone for making our honeymoon so memorable xx

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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Louise P
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thanks indeed Louise for your very kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your Honeymoon and met all your expectations. Doing all the additional activities is a big plus, being the Sleepout and the Bush Bath; well worth doing. Also the Guides managing to show you all the Game we have on this Big Reserve.
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Bernie

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Reviewed 2 November 2016

Right from the time we were met at the airport we were looked after and nothing was too much trouble.We stayed four nights in a "tent" which was large, spacious and very comfortable with every creature comfort you could need. All of the staff were outstanding,friendly and nothing was too much trouble.
We were treated to great viewings on the game drives each morning and evening with sundowner eats and drinks at the end of the afternoon drive. All of the meals were outstanding and the open bar had a range to suit even the most fastidious palate.
Our tent,No5, was large and well located to view the water hole where a variety of animals could be seen refreshiing themselves. We were able to watch the elephants as they came through the camp feeding and knocking down the trees for food.
We spent one night in the sleepout about a 25 minute drive from the main camp - this is a must do for anyone visiting Garonga. We were not lucky enough to see any animals at the water hole but it was a very memorable experience.
Bernie and the crew are a very caring and professional and nothing is too much trouble.
One does not want for anything while at Garonga

Room Tip: Any of the "tents" have great views of the river bed and waterhole.
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thanks indeed David for your kind review.
Again trying the sleepout is a truly memorable experience.
You seemed to have had great sightings during your stay.
It was a pleasure hosting you.
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Bernie

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Reviewed 28 October 2016

We spent three nights at Garonga and could easily have stayed longer! The camp is small (six rooms) and intimate.

The accommodation is quite simply superb - huge "tents", super comfy beds, wonderful bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and double sinks. We were in room six, which is furthest away from the waterhole and main lodge but great to feel you are away from it all watching the monkeys, mongoose and anything that wanders along the dry riverbed from the spacious deck (one night we spotted hyena as we were walked back from dinner).

The food is absolutely delicious and the service immaculate. We really enjoyed meeting the other guests around the fire in the evening and swapping stories over dinner. We loved the sundowner G&Ts out in the bush at the end of the afternoon's game drive.

A big shout out to our Guide and Tracker, Josia and Richard - they really were the A-Team and pulled some amazing sightings out of the bag - leopard, lions, black and white rhino and even the elusive pack of wild dogs which have made their way onto the reserve.

The sleep out was an incredible experience - but it is very oversubscribed so request this when you book or you will probably be disappointed. Situated on a platform in a tree in front of a waterhole, there is a double bed with mosquito net, a proper loo at the far end of the platform and fresh water for washing. You are dropped in time for sunset and left with dinner and drinks while you watch the animals come to the waterhole with the help of a high beam torch - the night we stayed we watched a leopard while sipping our G&Ts - amazing!

I'd really recommend Garonga if you are looking for a high end stay in a relaxed and small camp.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 are nearest the waterhole, but room 6 is away from it all with a great view of the dry...
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thanks so much for your very positive feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. That you had such great game viewing, tried the sleepout, and enjoyed our new Food Choices .
Seeing the Wild Dog is a huge plus; they came into the Reserve on their own steam with the Female giving birth whilst here and now thery are very much settled in on the Reserve which is great for us all.
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Bernie

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Reviewed 25 October 2016

This was our first safari trip to South Africa and we both think we made an excellent choice of not going to Kruger and visiting a private reserve.

Staff and service were more than excellent! The kitchen staff and waiters - what a great team, their service was five star! A special mention to Bongani who always looked after us really well and was very entertaining.

The game drives were excellent and we had a fab time with Jeff and Kaizer! They make and great team of tracker and guide. We were at Garonga for 5 nights and in every drive we got to see excellent African wild life, including the BIG FIVE!
Stopping for morning tea during the morning drive and sunset drinks during the afternoon drive - what an experience!!

The thing that my husband and I also enjoyed was that all the guest were sat down together for dinner and we got to meet some excellent bunch of people.
Riki is a great masseuse - we both had great one hour massages after one of the morning drives. Such a relaxing experience for such a reasonable price as well.

We were staying in Chalet No. 1 and would recommend this chalet as we were facing a watering hole, where on the last day we saw baboons and waterhogs. On the last day we also got to see elephants coming to the pool for a drink and to cool themselves - what a view!

The tents were more than what we expected them to be - they were not tents at all, more like very luxurious, spacious rooms. Great design, especially the bathroom layout with double sinks, light and airy room and loved the outside shower.

I would highly recommend Garonga without any hesitation to anyone who is thinking of doing the South African safari!

Thank you team for making our stay so memorable and enjoyable!

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AshwikaP
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BERNARDO S, Owner at Garonga Safari Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2016

Thanks indeed for your very kind words and so glad you enjoyed your five nights at Garonga. The Staff make it, and we are blessed with such a great Crew. For Dinners we sometimes provide private Tables so it all depends on the mood of all Guests.
The tents have changed much for the better since the major revamp in Autumn, and so even more comfortable than before.
Thanks again.
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Bernie

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Address: Selati Portion 12, KT 143, Phalaborwa, 1390, Makalali Private Game Reserve 1380, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Limpopo Province > Makalali Private Game Reserve
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Makalali Private Game Reserve
Price Range: HK$2,915 - HK$8,546 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Garonga Safari Camp 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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